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- 49-year-old Hopkins schools Shumenov; Porter destroys Malignaggi
- Rodriguez defeats Cruz by unanimous decision
- Briggs stops Mireles in just 27 seconds
- UFC on FOX 11: Browne gets Werdoomed, Fabricio gets shot at Cain
- Verdejo blows away Zavala in 74 seconds
- UFC on FOX 11 Prelims: Pitbull Wins Thriller Over Baczynski
- Ali, Browne, Ochoa win undercard bouts in DC
- Quigg annihilates Munyai to retains WBA super bantamweight belt
- Judge orders Maidana's purse to be withheld
- Reed gets fourth-round stoppage in Maryland
Ringside By Scott Ploof and Dave Spencer
Photo: Emily Harney
In the main event of Saturday night’s HBO “Boxing After Dark” from the MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (22-0, 15KOs) kept his record perfect as he stopped previously unbeaten Jason Escalera (13-1-1, 12 KOs) at 0:12 seconds of round number eight. Referee Steve Smoger stopped the bout after Rodriguez landed three unanswered shots on Escalera. Rodriguez dominated the fight with his reach advantage, punching power, and defense. He had Escalera hurt and almost down in three different rounds only to be saved by the bell. Referee Smoger stopped the bout for Escalera’s safety after he received continued punishment from Rodriguez. The eight bout fight card was promoted by DiBella Entertainment.
Former three time world champion Vic Darchinyan (38-5, 27KOs) added another accolade to his resume as he scored a dominant unanimous decision victory over a game Luis Orlando Del Valle (16-1, 11KOs) to claim the vacant NABF super bantamweight title. Scores of the bout were 99-91 twice and 96-94 in an all action bout. Darchinyan out landed Del Valle and dominated him with his awkward style and powerful punching. He slipped away from many of Del Valle’s punches and was able to pick his shots and counter on many exchanges which was the difference that gave Darchinyan the nod.
Antonin Decarie (27-1 8 KOs) scored big with a TKO victory at 2:54 of the sixth round destroying previously unbeaten Alex Perez (16-1 9 KOs). Decarie was the more active and accurate of the two fighters found a home for his right most of the night scored big with left hook and followed it with a flush right a Perez was reeling backwards into the ropes. Perrez managed to get up but the Montreal fighter managed to close the show with sharp accurate punches forcing referee Danny Schiavone to step in and rescue Perez. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
In a rematch, middleweight Patrick “The Machine” Majewski (20-1, 13 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round majority decision over Latif Mundy (10-5, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Majewski overcame a cut over his left eye suffered in round three to outwork Mundy and take a 98-92, 100-90, 95-95 verdict. Majewski previously beat Mundy by unanimous decision in 2009.
In a local jr. middleweight turf war, Decarlo Perez (8-2-1, 3 KOs) scored an upset third round stoppage of formerly world rated Shamone Alvarez (21-6, 12 KOs). Alvarez tried to bum rush Perez, but the 21-year-old weathered the storm and turned the tables on the former NABO titleholder, getting the referee’s stoppage at the 2:01 mark.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The WBC / Hublot Legendary Evening pension fund auction official press conference kicked off today at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Legendary fight commentator Colonel Bob Sheridan was emcee for the event. Ten of the twelve honored champions on hand were presented with their own Hublot watches and spoke to the assembled media afterward.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Photo Wende
In a horrible mismatch, WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (25-0, 17 KOs) scored an easy second round TKO over badly faded 39-year-old mandatory challenger Hasim Rahman (50-8-2, 41 KOs) on Saturday night at the Alsterdorf Sporthalle in Hamburg, Germany. Povetkin rocked Rahman in the second then teed off at will until referee Gustavo Padilla waved it off. Time was 1:46. “The Rock” was never in the fight.
European heavyweight champion Kubrat Pulev (17-0, 9 KOs) scored an impressive eleventh round TKO over previously unbeaten 6’8 305lb Alexander Ustinov (27-1, 21 KOs). Pulev was mostly in command, but Ustinov had his moments. Pulev finally battered Ustimov to a knee for the count in the eleventh. Time was 1:28. (more…)
Amir Khan has announced Virgil Hunter as his new head trainer, who takes charge as Khan faces the undefeated Carlos Molina in his next fight. The highly respected coach, who was last year voted as Trainer of the Year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, will prepare Khan for his upcoming bout against the 26-year-old American Molina, who has a record of 18 fights with 17 wins (7 KOs) and one draw. Hunter has successfully guided the career of a number of fighters, including super-middleweight star Andre Ward, and will train Khan out of his gym in Hayward, California for the Molina clash.
Khan is thrilled by the appointment of Hunter, and is looking forward to stepping back in the ring against a live opponent in Molina. “I’m really pleased that Virgil Hunter is to become my new trainer,” said Khan. “Everyone in boxing knows about his skills and the success he has enjoyed over the last few years. I’m looking forward to the start of my training camp and working on some new things with him. With Virgil in my corner, I know that I can get back to the very top of the light-welterweight division,” Khan said. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Several fighters selected to be the twelve participants in the WBC-Hublot watch auction fundraiser event at the Bellagio arrived yesterday for the press luncheon in the Tower Ballroom. Fightnews.com interviewed WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman, Jeff Fenech, Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, Thomas Hearns and WBC President Jose Sulaiman to get their thoughts on this unique, first-of-its-kind event and whatever else was on their collective minds.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for Saturday’s Keystone Boxing card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC:
Dusty Harrison 146 vs Shane Gierke 150
James McAllister 178 vs. James Denson 173
Kevin Rivers, Jr. 127 vs. David Warren Huffman 130
David Grayton 148 vs. Anthony Jones 151
Harold Parker 147 vs. David Tomlin 145
Danny Kelly 237 vs. Ryan Shay 250
Jarrett Hurd 158 vs. Mike Arnold 153
Immanuwel Aleem 165 vs. Marcus Clay 163
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Next up: UFC on Fuel TV: Struve vs. Miocic airs Saturday, Sept. 29 from Nottingham, England, at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. Visit UFC.com for more info.
The Ultimate Fighter® Fridays episode three – “What We Do” – aired on FX on Friday evening and saw Team Nelson draw even in the competition.
Tucson, Ariz. native Joey “Boom Boom” Rivera, 7-1 in his mixed martial arts career, defeated “Smile ‘N” Sam Alvey, 19-4, of Murieta, Calif. by a majority decision. (more…)
By Graham Houston
While Alexander Povetkin is a massive favourite to defeat Hasim Rahman in Germany on Saturday, the odds are somewhat closer in the undercard clash of unbeaten heavyweights from Eastern Europe, with Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev defending his European title against the huge Alexander Ustinov, from Belarus, in a bout that is also an eliminator for the IBF #1 ranking. Pulev opened at odds of slightly under -200 but has been bet up to -500 and higher. The Pulev-Ustinov fight looks like being a gruelling affair between two big, tough men. Pulev, 6ft 5ins and about 245 pounds, is going to be giving away height and weight to Ustinov, a veritable man-mountain at some 6ft 8ins and 308 pounds.
Pulev, 31, was the 2008 European championships gold medallist and boxed in many big amateur tournaments: the Olympics, the Europeans and the world championships. Ustinov, 35, came straight into professional boxing from the kickboxing world, where a slimmer Ustinov was a top-level competitor in K-1 tournaments. Yet while Ustinov has adapted extremely well to the world of conventional boxing, Pulev has to be considered the more skilled, more “natural” boxer.
This fight is the toughest test for either man and I think that Pulev is something of an overpriced favourite. Ustinov won’t be easily beaten. (more…)
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